Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnerships

Annie E. Casey Foundation partnership supports vulnerable Eastside children and families

In November 2012, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County received an initial $150,000, 10-month grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement a community-endorsed two-generation plan.

The plan provides programs for children that focus on healthy development, growth and education, as well as services for adults that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security.

San Antonio’s Eastside Promise Neighborhood and Choice Neighborhood initiatives possess attributes that the Casey Foundation believes are key to successful neighborhood transformation, such as the presence of an established partnership of local organizations and public agencies; high-quality education, health and other support services for children; robust job training and financial education programs for adults; actively engaged parents and residents; and access to affordable housing to promote residential stability.

The Casey Foundation will collaborate with United Way to design, pilot and plan for broader implementation of program and strategies. Once successfully completed, the Foundation will provide additional support, as well as $750,000 to $1 million annually, to implement and evaluate services over the next several years.

“This investment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation adds even more momentum to the community transformation we are going to see because of the Eastside Promise Neighborhoods initiative,” Mayor Julián Castro said. “Agencies from throughout our community are laser focused on fortifying the building blocks of strong neighborhoods — healthy living, education, job skills and parental engagement.”

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